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December 11, 2010 5:15:07 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Today or Tomorrow

Budget Range: Sub $450 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming(WoW), surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

Additional Comments: Looking for a smaller tower, probably ATX Micro. ATX-Mid at the largest.

Case:Rosewill R101-P-BK-450W MicroATX Mid Tower $54.99+$4.99 Shipping-$5.50 Instant Promo
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NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower $49.99+Free Shipping-$5.00 Instant Promo-$10.00 MIR

PSU:450 W included with Case
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APEVIA ATX-JV650W 650W ATX12V $54.99+$4.99 Shipping-$25.00 MIR

Mobo:GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD $69.99+$2.99 Shipping

CPU:AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz 3x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 $78.99+Free Shipping

HDD:Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARS 1.5TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $69.99+Free Shipping

Ram:CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $59.99+Free Shipping-$10.00 Instant Promo-$10.00 MIR

GPU:EVGA 512-P3-1240-LR GeForce GT 240 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready $74.99+Free Shipping-$40.00 MIR

Total with the NZXT Case:$436.68-$85.00 MIR=$351.68 Final
Total with Rose Case:$386.36-$50.00 MIR=$336.36 Final

*Notes* Building this for my girlfriend, she's looking to start playing WoW, and probably some other games in the future. With her a smaller, 'cute' tower would make a difference, assuming it doesn't sacrifice too much for performance/reliability.

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December 11, 2010 5:22:12 AM
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Items off Egg $288AR

Items off Microcenter $96 (X4 640 + MSI 785GM-P45)
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...
$384AR in total
Cute + Small + 80plus certified PSU and Quad/GTS 450 :p 
December 11, 2010 5:34:05 AM

Decrept said:
Approximate Purchase Date: Today or Tomorrow

Budget Range: Sub $450 Before

Mobo:GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD $69.99+$2.99 Shipping

Ram:CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $59.99+Free Shipping-$10.00 Instant Promo-$10.00 MIR


Incompatibility spotted as well :ouch: 

AM2+/DDR2 DIMM slot 785G incompatible with DDR3 RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Quote:

Memory Standard
DDR2 1200 (OC) / 1066 /800 / 667
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December 11, 2010 6:05:54 AM

Sloppy on my end. Also forgot to note that I have a couple spare Dvd burners, so I don't need to pick one up. Gonna browse newegg to find a replacement motherboard, tho I honestly don't know much about motherboards. I'll blame me missing the ddr2/ddr3 on that...

The microcenter bundle is a great deal, unfortunately its in-store only, and they don't have a location here in Utah.

Don't have a problem picking stuff up from somewhere besides Newegg, I was using them because they are who I know about that I've used before.
December 11, 2010 11:22:04 AM

I din't like either tower/PSU.

I'd recommend getting an 80+ Bronze PSU like the Antec Earthwatts EA380.

then any tower you like with at least 1 120mm fan. A 770 board is afull ATX board and will need an atx case. A Cooler Master Elite 310 is a simple case with a varity of front colors. Or a Rosewill Blackbone or Destroyer are good cases as well
December 21, 2010 12:01:01 AM

Best answer selected by decrept.
December 21, 2010 1:44:36 AM

Yep happy shopping/building and cheers ^^
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